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Save your 1.8T 20V engine from risking a complete failure due to a faulty stock hydraulic tensioner. Upgrading your timing system with our IE Manual Timing Belt Tensioner Kit removes the factory weak link and replaces it with a solid and reliable manual tensioner setup.
All 06A 1.8T 20V engines are factory equipped with a hydraulic style timing belt tensioner. This hydraulic tensioner has a gas-charged piston that provides tension on the tensioner roller, designed to increase/decrease tension automatically. Unfortunately, this design has been a constant source of complete timing failure and one of the weakest links on the 1.8T platform. The piston arm on the tensioner is sealed with an under-spec o ring that commonly wears out, cracks, rots, or leaks leading to the instant discharge of the hydraulic fluid resulting in complete engine failure. Many of the available non-OE tensioners worsen this issue further with cheaper components, lack of quality control, bad tolerances, and awful surface imperfections that further lead to rapid degradation of the hydraulic o ring.
The IE Manual Timing Tensioner Kit is designed to give you timing confidence by completely replacing the 1.8T timing belt tension system with performance-minded parts. This two-part timing solution includes a new in-house CNC machined aluminum idler bracket that replaces the hydraulic piston assembly. The auto-adjusting tensioner is then replaced with a traditional style manual tensioner. This tensioner is set to proper timing belt tension and tightened securely into place. This setup is proven on many street and race applications and is used by VW/Audi 2.0T FSI successors after the 1.8T engine was discontinued.
CONTITECH TIMING BELT
It is always recommended to replace the timing belt when doing any timing maintenance or when upgrading to a Manual Timing Belt Tensioner Kit. This optional ContiTech brand timing belt is a high-quality belt offering a reliable replacement for the factory installed timing belt.
GATES RACING KEVLAR TIMING BELT
This performance timing belt upgrade is highly recommended on a large turbo and/or high-revving engines. Made from HNBR elastomeric kevlar composites this belt is over 3X more heat resistant and 300% stronger than factory style timing belts making it the perfect match for any high powered engine build.
GRAF METAL IMPELLER WATER PUMP
When installing a new timing belt kit, installing a new water pump is always recommended. The timing belt must be removed to replace the water pump, so this is the most cost-effective and optimal time to do both. The factory water pump uses plastic impellers that often crack or break leading to heat issues, overheating, and plastic bits stuck on your coolant channels. You may add a Graf brand metal impeller water pump to your Manual Timing Belt Tensioner Kit as a reliable upgrade.
2-PIN TIMING TOOL
Required to easily tension your new manual tensioner, this 2-pin timing belt tensioner tool mimics the factory VW/Audi tool with 18mm spaced pins and a radius cut-out allowing the use of a socket to tighten the tensioner. Refer to the IE Install Guide for usage instructions.
The IE manual timing belt tensioner is a much more reliable timing upgrade over the stock hydraulic setup, however, this is a performance timing setup designed for performance engines and requires maintenance to ensure proper long-term operation of your timing system. Timing belts tend to "stretch-in" after installation, IE recommends you check your belt tension often (every oil change) and adjust if necessary. Timing belts may also increase/decrease in size minimally during seasonal temperature changes, always check tension and adjust as necessary during heavy temperature fluctuations.
This timing kit fits all longitudinal and transverse VW & Audi 1.8T 06A block engines, due to the massive variances in chassis timing service steps this guide will serve as an outline for installing your IE kit parts only. Be sure to follow the factory service steps for accessing and setting the timing for your specific vehicle as outlined in the official VW/Audi service manual or equivalent Bentley manual. IE is not responsible for damage due to improper timing service and recommends all timing procedures be performed by a trained professional. VIEW AND DOWNLOAD INSTALL GUIDE HERE
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